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Worship is a Duty

One of my favorite Advent songs is also one of the most ancient: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Its composition and use dates from at least AD 275, although the most commonly used melodic setting is the well-known Picardy. Be sure to listen to one of the following renditions: As I was pondering the lyrics, I noticed that they seemed to form a conjunction with other thoughts I had been having...

Worship Should be Boring

For all of its flaws, social media can often provide a covert yet revealing look into how things are perceived by means of what people choose to share and their reactions to what they share. No doubt previous generations would think us mad for perpetuating and participating in such unsolicited dispensation of opinions, feelings and the like, but they also didn’t have fun and mindless memes to...

Christian Mythstory: Hymns and Drinking Songs

One very common bit of Christian mythstory- which is as recent as it is misguided- concerns hymns and their origins. That this particular myth is likely only as old as the so-called worship wars of the late 20th century (saints preserve us) is perhaps coincidental, yet for its relatively recent nativity it has nevertheless anchored itself into the accepted wisdom which allows other mythstories to...

Against Public Music

In Fallout: New Vegas, you are an unfortunate courier who is shot in the head but has the fortune to survive it. For the remainder of the game you can choose to engage in various quests to find the man responsible. One major problem is that you live in a post-apocalyptic world which is still feeling the effects of a centuries old Atomic war. You not only have to contend with casino bosses who...

How to Use Music With Video

If you create videos on a regular basis, you’ve no doubt discovered the importance of a great soundtrack. Usually more than anything else, the music you use will be what either sells the video on an emotional level or causes it to fall flat. The visuals are- of course- extremely important. But music has a way of connecting with your audience on a deeper level, often in ways that they don’t even...

Effortless

There are rare moments in life where you come to a place of complete clarity, when suddenly the disparate pieces of reality seem to fit together and at least one thing makes sense of it all. I have had precious few moments like this, but one of the most memorable occurred when I was 16. (Kind reader will forgive a story probably recounted elsewhere, and thoughts refined from previous posts.) I...

Musical Theodicy

  From time immemorial humans have attempted to make sense of the seemingly mindless events of our world and our lives. Whether in the acts of nature which leave nothing but destruction in their wake or in the senseless wars that have a more sinister intent, this spinning rock appears forever teetered upon a precipice, with only an absurdly thin atmosphere to shield us from the gaping maw of...

Deas Vail Review

I have always been a fan of Deas Vail’s music since I first heard Shoreline. My wife and I even went to a concert where Deas Vail was the opening act, and stayed only for them, giving Copeland the snub. (Normally we wouldn’t have done that, but the venue was terrible in that the musical nuances that both Copeland and Deas Vail are known for were overwhelmed by the audio...

Photography: Cutter Gage

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to have a photo shoot with Cutter Gage. Cutter is one of my colleagues at work and is an extremely talented musician/songwriter/worship leader.
He also has amazing shoes.
Seriously.

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